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Men in Green Faces

A Novel of U.S. Navy SEALs
Written by: Gene Wentz, B. Abell Jurus
Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Because it’s a novel, the truth can be told. Because it’s the truth, you’ll never forget it....

Gene Wentz's Men in Green Faces is the classic novel of Vietnam that inspired a generation of SEALs. Here is the story of a good soldier trained to be part of an elite team of warriors - and of the killing grounds where he was forever changed.

Gene Michaels carries an M-60, 800 rounds, and a Bible. The ultimate SEAL, he also carries a murderous grudge against a bloodthirsty colonel who was once one of their own. To bring him in, Michaels and his men will go behind the lines, where they’ll take on 5,000 NVA in the fight of their lives. In this stunning novel, former SEAL Gene Wentz brings to life what it was like to be a SEAL in Vietnam, running an endless tour of top-secret, death-defying operations deep in enemy territory. From the camaraderie to the harrowing recons, from brutal interrogations to incredible, toe-to-toe firefights, here are America’s most feared warriors as you’ve never seen them before.

©1992 Gene Wentz and Betty Abell Jurus (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Full of ambushes and firefights.… From page one I knew I wanted to be a SEAL. The more I read, the more I wanted to see if I could measure up." (Mark Owen, number-one New York Times best-selling author of No Easy Day)

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great audiobook breathtaking

incredible detail really gets you into there mindset and what they went through and at such a young age.

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Completely thrilling. I could not stop listening.

This book was great. from stay to finish, I loved it. I think I stopped listening only to do some work.

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  • Jonathan P.
  • 2017-05-29

i love this book!!

I have a lot of books and I can always come back to this one! Damn fine boom!!

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  • Hangry Bear
  • 2013-01-02

Killing, Revenge, and Pabst Blue Ribbon!

Would you consider the audio edition of Men in Green Faces to be better than the print version?

I have stopped buying print versions of novels in which I am interested, so I must admit that the audio edition of "Men in Green Faces" stands as my favorite by default.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Willie was my favorite character because, like my affinity for Arthur Dent in Douglas Adams's "The Restaurant at the end of the Universe," he brought a bit of humanity to the war in Vietnam for Gene. When he died and Gene started to unravel into a homicidal maniac bent on revenge, the truth of war being hell became vivid.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of Jeff Gurner's other performances before, but I look forward to listening to another.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Blood. Rain. Killing. Loss. The endless cycle of war in Vietnam.

Any additional comments?

I have no additional comments.

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  • Mass-Bulldog
  • 2020-07-02

Reads like a dime store novel

Reads like a dime store novel. I was hoping to like it but I didn’t. I was disappointed in it novel like predicablty . SOG by Plaster is much better.

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  • Jean
  • 2013-04-16

The best read in a long time!

Would you listen to Men in Green Faces again? Why?

Yes, this was an intense and very satisfying book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Men in Green Faces?

The fight between Gene and Nguyen

What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

The portrayal of the characters emotions and reactions

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Gene found out his best friend Willy was dead and his reaction.

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  • Shere
  • 2013-03-11

Realistic views of Viet Nam missions

Where does Men in Green Faces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Once I started this book, it was hard to "put it down"

What did you like best about this story?

The characters came alive, the realism of the situations was right on, and the sensativity of Gene Wentz was portrayed well. Not everyone was a bad guy, not everyone was a good guy, that was the V.N. war.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. His vocal, however, was a near-perfect read, not too gruff, not too soft.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

These situations made me appreciate what our armed forces do for us every day of every year. They put themselves in harm's way; we need to appreciate them more!

Any additional comments?

Any one who was over there or knew of someone who served there would probably enjoy this read.

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  • Oldthaiger
  • 2015-02-23

Too much like a Hollywood movie...

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Had the privilege of knowing a few seals in Viet Nam one of whom was captured,mutilated,castrated (told they did not want anymore like him) and left for dead only to be retrieved buy his buddies later. As I read his DD214 Tears welled up in my eyes and I saluted Him! GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS

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  • Steve Hillman MD
  • 2016-09-25

The real thing.

This well narrated story takes you as close to combat as you'd ever want to be.
A great listen, to a great story, about a great man.

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  • John Shugart
  • 2016-08-25

AMAZING! All Seniors in High School need this!

I couldn't put it down. Hands down one of the best books I have ever encountered. Simply Amazing story. Read this book!

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  • tony
  • 2015-01-05

excellent

great book. probably the best ive read yet. just operation after opetation which never stops. no extended boring places. all action. gives an insight into what it wad really like as a seal during vietnam

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  • Erick Jackson
  • 2020-07-30

ultimate sacrifice!

Loved the story from the very beginning! Gives me hope when you have people in this world willing to put it all on the line for people they do not know.